Using Sister City Relationships to Respond to Russia’s “Gay Propaganda” Law

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 5:40 am

When a powerful foreign government chooses to persecute its own lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens with punitive laws, human rights advocates abroad are always left with the question, “what can we do about it?”.


Easter Eve Hypocrisy from the Catholic Bishops

By: Saturday April 7, 2012 9:04 am

On the Eve of Easter, the purity patrol of the Roman Catholic church is roaring along. Vicki Kennedy (Ted’s widow) had her invitation to speak at a Catholic commencement yanked, and Compañeros, an immigrant services group in Colorado, had their funding pulled because they are affiliated with a larger immigrant rights organization that includes LGBTs. Lovely.

It’s especially lovely, considering that the US Conference of Catholic Bishops themselves recently submitted a brief to the US Supreme Court, co-signed by an organization that ordains women, LGBTs, and married people, that supports marriage equality, and that views women as capable of making their own decisions with regard to abortion. (That would be my own denomination, the ELCA.)

Did I say “lovely”? I’m sorry — I meant “hypocritical.” My bad.

Happy Easter.

The Declaration of Independence: Fanfare for the Common Man and Woman

By: Sunday July 3, 2011 7:00 pm

This one post can only be a beginning, for the fact that one post can’t be all encompassing, because that would take several blogs and at least 10-15 hours of work. And I’m going to have to skip over the Stamp Act Riots of 1765, mainly because of the time span (10 years). And, I’m taking a lot of this from Ray Raphael’s, First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord, and A People’s History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it should – Howard Zinn was the series editor.

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